It is the last day of October and with the start of a new month tomorrow, it will be the start of a new chapter in my book of life. Happily and sadly this is my last blog post on My Daily Bread Body and Soul. As I type I cannot stop the tears from falling and wetting my keyboard. It has been such a beautiful, challenging, and rewarding experience to share my life through pictures and words the past 5 ½ years. The first blog post of June 4, 2011 was a dream come true. I did it. I researched blogging software, chose WordPress, and then began a process of learning how to set up a website, upload pictures, and write a blog post. And then the most incredible, inspiring and rewarding thing happened … you!
You started reading and responding. You shared. You followed, cared, and told others about this little blip of a blog on the worldwide internet. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart thank you. You see, blogging is nothing without you. Cooking, praying, studying scripture and sharing all of this would be for nothing without you.
You have given me the opportunity to look inside your kitchens, cook some of your favorite foods, and then you have allowed me to write about it and create this website. As if that wasn’t enough, you have so generously emailed me and shared your life, your concerns, sometimes your grief and you have given me the honor and privilege to pray with and for you.
Being the author of this blog has changed me. In the beginning, I wrote that I would like to cook better meals for my family while also spending more time in the Word of God. I reckoned that sharing these two desires of mine through this blog would help keep me focused, on track, and moving forward. It did. But the real change and transformation has come from what God has done with and through me as I cooked, prayed, and blogged. I found it impossible and frankly disingenuous to share scripture without study. And so, I study more. And the more I study, the hungrier I have become for the Word of God. The more time I have given to studying the Word the more I want to study. I have literally found myself jealously protecting my “study time”, even getting frustrated with life when it seems to rob me of that time.
This blog has been a training ground of sorts for writing down my thoughts. 701 blog posts, thousands and thousands of words, and tens of thousands of pictures, has helped me to be able to write in other areas of my life. I will forever be grateful for the blessing I have received in writing My Daily Bread Body and Soul.
A long time ago I went shopping with a friend and when we got back home she started talking about what she needed to take out of her closet. She said, “every time I put something new in my closet, something has to come out. That way I keep it tidy and well-organized.” Through the years I have thought about the something-in something-out philosophy and have realized that same philosophy is helpful when saying “yes” and “no” to requests for time, energy, and commitment.
Several times since 2013 I have blogged about Hephzibah House in New York City. From the moment I first stepped foot in her peaceful, lovely parlor I knew I was on hallowed ground. Over the last several years and multiple visits to join our friends in ministry events at Hephzibah has created a desire within me to do more, serve more. In the spring of this year I was invited to join the Board of Trustees of this beautiful ministry in the heart of Manhattan. I knew in my heart that with this “something-in” there would come a time for “something-out”. As I have begun the work I believe God is calling me to do on the Board of Trustees I know without a doubt this is where I am meant to be for this season.
Such discernment is giving me peace in realizing “to everything there is a season” and my season with My Daily Bread is ending. The blog and recipes stay on the internet for the time being.
Thank you again for being here, sharing your life with me, and letting me share mine with you.